Minolta AF 400mm F4.5 HS APO G A-mount lens review by freddyville

reviewer#12020 date: Nov-5-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200mm f2.8
Minolta 80-200mm f2.8
price paid:1750 USD
Little to no flare
Focusing speed
negative:None so far
comment:I was expecting a very good lens. I was surprised how good this lens turned out to be. It is very close to my 200mm f2.8, and is equally good on my 580 as on my 850. Focusing is very fast, but I have to admit the focus limiting mechanism helps. I don't hesitate to shoot wide open, but one stop down helps a little. Its weight actually helps my stability when shooting BIF without my tripod.
Update-3/19/15: Have now compared with Sony 70-400 Mk1--the 400 4.5 is visibly sharper.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 46
  • sharpness: 4.92
  • color: 4.87
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.88
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